Kashon Harrison finishes 14th out of 40 runners in national competition


FARMINGTON — Already a district and state champion cross-country runner, Kashon Harrison is now a third-team All-American.

The Kirtland Central junior placed 14th out of 40 runners from across the United States in today’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals in San Diego. Harrison ran a time of 15 minutes, 50.9 seconds.

"It's pretty exciting. Throughout the whole race, it was pretty good. You get to run against top athletes. They have a lot of potential and confidence in running," Harrison said. "It kind of motivates me to demonstrate and show that if one can do it, the other can do it."

Harrison said he pushed himself more during the second loop on one of the hills on the course in order to stay with the front of the pack.

Harrison said his kick wasn't as good as he hoped it would be, but he was still happy with his performance.

To qualify as an All-American, a runner must place 15th or higher in the national race.

Harrison looks to start with a strong, steady pace and still conserve his energy for the last mile of a race. That's what brought him success in district and at state, and he's convinced it helped him out today.

Getting ready for his senior year next fall, Harrison said the experience helped him improve his breathing even more and to speed up more efficiently in races.